• May 23, 2024

New York City agrees to pay $17,500,000 to two Muslimas for having them take off their hijabs for mugshots

 New York City agrees to pay $17,500,000 to two Muslimas for having them take off their hijabs for mugshots


As far as the New York Times is concerned, this was all about a Muslim woman being robbed of her dignity and having that dignity restored by means of a cool $17.5 million. So all’s well that ends well, but there is more to this case than just dignity lost and restored: the victimhood ploy has once again been successfully used for a top-dollar shakedown. Having people remove head coverings for mugshots is simply a security measure. The goal here is to establish and reinforce the idea that Muslims have special privileges that others do not enjoy, just as Sharia accords them privileged status.

“New York to Pay $17.5 Million for Forcing Removal of Hijabs in Mug Shots,” by Hurubie Meko, New York Times, April 5, 2024:

New York City reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by two women who were arrested and made to remove their head coverings by the police before being photographed.

New York City has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by two women who said their rights were violated when they were forced to remove their hijabs before the police took their arrest photographs.

The financial settlement filed on Friday, which still requires approval by Judge Analisa Torres of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is the latest development in the class-action lawsuit filed in 2018 by Jamilla Clark and Arwa Aziz, two Muslim women who said they felt shamed and exposed by the police officers’ actions.

“When they forced me to take off my hijab, I felt as if I were naked; I’m not sure if words can capture how exposed and violated I felt,” Ms. Clark said in a statement. “I’m so proud today to have played a part in getting justice for thousands of New Yorkers.”

In response to the lawsuit, the Police Department in 2020 changed its policy to allow religious people to be photographed wearing head coverings, as long as the coverings were not obstructing their faces….

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